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Health and Well Being Courses

As increasing numbers of people are living with and beyond cancer, there is a much greater focus on providing patients and their families with the support and services they need to live as normal a life as possible for as long as possible.

In this section we provide details and links to some local resources that offer courses / training to support people who wish to improve their general health and well being and to manage the impact of illness. Some of the courses are designed particularly for people affected by cancer whilst others have a wider relevance. The list is not designed to be comprehensive but will hopefully offer some useful pointers.

Mindfulness Courses
After Treatment Events and Courses
EPP (Education Programmes for Patients) Cymru
Local Courses and Events
Macmillan Cancer Support Courses
Macmillan Cancer Support Learning Resources

Mindfulness Courses

Mindfulness courses have been run from the Alaw Cancer Treatment Unit, Ysbyty Gwynedd since 2001. The courses are held at either the Alaw Unit or at other suitable locations in the Bangor area. Course participants do not have to live in Gwynedd or Ynys Mon to access the course. People from further afield in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board areas are welcome as long as the distance and times of the sessions are manageable and convenient for them.

Mindfulness is a way of learning to be more present and aware. This offers opportunities to enjoy life more, and to relate to difficulties a bit differently. There is evidence that Mindfulness reduces levels of anxiety and depression, improves sleep, and increases levels of wellbeing in people with cancer.

The programme is led by trained teachers, experienced in the fields of mindfulness and cancer. It runs for 8 weeks and classes last for 2 ½ hours each. Groups are small, not usually more than 10 people. In addition to the weekly class, there is an important 30 minute daily home practice commitment, using CDs as guidance. Everyday short practices are also learned and practiced daily.

A mindfulness course is best taken after the end of treatment – but it may be helpful to anyone who has had cancer, however long ago. It is offered to people at every stage of their illness, as long as they are well enough to attend classes. Anyone interested in coming onto a course needs to tell their doctor or specialist nurse, or make direct contact with one of the teachers (see below). They will then be sent information to read, and a meeting will be arranged with their teacher shortly before the start of the course. This is to ensure that the importance of committing to the home practice is fully understood and to check that it is a good time for them to be taking the course.

For more information please contact:

Trish Bartley trish@trishbartley.co.uk 01758 721236
Sali Burns c/o SianBJones@wales.nhs.uk 01745 443222

After Treatment Events and Courses

Cancer services recognise the importance of helping patients manage the move from active treatment to resuming as normal a life as possible.

Here in North Wales there are a number of events and courses that aim to help patients by giving them the information and confidence they may need to manage the impact of cancer.

Below are details of events and courses currently provided in partnership with our local cancer services.

Macmillan Health and Wellbeing Events

wellbeingclinicsCancer services in North Wales, in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, have regular Health and Wellbeing Events at community based venues across North Wales.

These half- day events are free and open to anyone affected by cancer but may be particularly useful for people who have recently completed their primary treatment.

You can find full details about events for 2017 by clicking here

The Health and Wellbeing clinics are run by healthcare professionals and are designed to be relaxed and enjoyable. They offer a wide range of information and support to help patients and their families manage the effects of cancer and to improve the quality of everyday life, both during and after treatment – or simply an opportunity for a chat with someone who understands how you may be feeling.

Refreshments are provided.
There will be a chance to talk to health professionals and other advisors about:

• diet, physical activity and lifestyle
• the possible long-term side effects of treatment
• welfare benefits and other financial support
• local services, facilities and other opportunities available

Details of forthcoming Health and Well Being Events are included in our listing of Upcoming Events.

To book your place or for more information, please ask a member of your healthcare team or contact the Macmillan Health and Wellbeing Team:

01745 445 214
email: BCU.healthandwellbeing@wales.nhs.uk

Moving Forward (Breast Cancer, North Wales)

‘Moving Forward’ is a programme of information workshops for people as they move forward from treatment for breast cancer. They are run in partnership with Breast Cancer Care Cymru and separate programmes are organised by the breast cancer clinical nurse specialists in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and Ysbyty Gwynedd.

The Moving Forward programme takes place over four weeks and aims to provide information and support on various topics including:

  • Exercise and Lymphoedema
  • Cancer Fatigue
  • Understanding breast cancer treatments and managing ongoing side effects
  • Coping with menopausal symptoms

General information about the Moving Forward’ programme can be found on the Breast Cancer Care website where you will also be able to access details of forthcoming courses in North Wales.

You will need to book and confirm your availability for the four week programme. For more information, please ask your breast cancer clinical nurse specialist or contact:

Kim Giffen
029 2023 4078

EPP (Education Programmes for Patients) Cymru

EPP courses in your community

EPP Cymru offers free health and well being courses for people living with any long term condition or caring role. The courses provide an opportunity for people to learn new coping skills which can help improve the quality of daily life.

The courses are run in community settings across North Wales. Groups of 10 – 16 patients who may have a variety of different conditions meet over six weekly sessions of 2 ½ hours per week. Each session looks at ways to help manage the effects of a long term condition including:

  • Managing symptoms such as pain and tiredness
  • Dealing with anger, fear and frustration
  • Coping with anxiety
  • Eating healthily
  • Learning to relax
  • Family relationships
  • Planning for the future

The course does not provide any treatment information but aims to give people the confidence to manage their own care, whilst also encouraging them to work in partnership with health and social care professionals. EPP Cymru provides an opportunity to share skills and experiences with people who have to deal with similar challenges.

To find details of a course in your area please contact:

EPP Cymru
Campbell Road
LL55 1HU
01286 674236

Free online EPP self-management courses

The online EPP course is an internet-based, interactive self-management course to help people learn to manage the day-to-day issues associated with living with any long-term condition(s) which you can complete in the comfort of your own home.

The Online Course can be particularly useful for those who have difficulty getting out of the house, live in rural areas, work full time or in full time education or who would prefer to do the course online rather than face-to-face.

A user name and email address allows course participants to log on to the course remotely, 2-3 times per week, for a total of 2 hours each week. The course lasts 6 weeks and participants can access the course at anytime and anywhere there is internet access.

More information about this online course can be obtained using EPP contact details above.

Local Courses and Events

At any one time there will be a wide range of opportunities across North Wales to attend local Health and Wellbeing events, sign up for specific health related courses or simply become involved in new activities to improve your health and emotional wellbeing. Below are a couple of suggestions for finding out what is available in your area:

Voluntary services have a wealth of local information – walking groups, gardening clubs, Tai Chi classes etc. Simply get in touch and staff will be willing to help.

Contact details can be found in our section on Voluntary Services.

NHS Direct Wales has an online facility to find information on a range of national and local health and wellbeing organisations, including contact details and information about services offered. Simply type in your postcode to find out what is happening in your area;

NHS Direct Wales

Macmillan Cancer Support Courses

Macmillan Cancer Support runs free courses and workshops which offer a way to meet new people, share thoughts and ideas with others who have had similar experiences and build confidence by developing new skills and knowledge.

Courses are run across the UK, including some in North Wales. Details will be included in our Upcoming Events section or please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.

Macmillan courses on request

It may be possible to request a particular course in your area if there are sufficient numbers of people who wish to attend (approx 12). Your Group will need to provide a suitable venue, but courses are otherwise provided free of charge.
Additional course titles run by Macmillan Cancer Support for people affected by cancer include:

  • Buddying and Befriending
  • Talking to Children
  • Listening and Responding
  • Cancer Awareness
  • Supporting Loss, Dying and Bereavement (2 day course)
  • Self Management

For more information about all Macmillan courses in Wales please contact:

Siân Neville
Team Administrator Macmillan Cancer Support
1st Floor
1 Oldfield Road
Bocam Park
CF35 5LJ.

01656 867 960

Macmillan Cancer Support Learn Zone

Macmillan Cancer Support Learning Resources

Macmillan Cancer Support has a wide range of free online learning resources for cancer patients and cancer health professionals. They provide information on many aspects of managing the impact of living with cancer:

For more details please visit the Macmillan ‘Learn Zone’

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